Natalie Suleman is one proud mom.
Suleman, who became known as "Octomom" in the tabloids after she made headlines for her pregnancy with 8 babies, is marking the kids' 11th birthday with cake and lots of smiles.
The 48-year-old took to Instagram on Monday to mark the happy occasion, but to also remind her 121,000 Instagram followers of how "fragile, precarious, yet precious" life can be at the same time. The snap shows her eight youngest kids — Noah, Maliyah, Nariyah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Jonah, Josiah and Makai — wearing crowns and holding up two fingers, to show 11.
"Happy birthday to my beautiful angels. You are some of the kindest, most compassionate, caring human beings I’ve ever known. Words cannot express how grateful I am to be your mother," the captioned the photo.
"You all have blessed my life immensely and I thank God daily for trusting me to care for, shape the lives of, and influence all of you," Suleman continued, before seemingly referring to the accidental death of Kobe Bryant the day prior.
"Recent tragic events of loved ones lost are a powerful reminder of how fragile, precarious, yet precious life is, as tomorrow is never promised. We need to hug our loved ones a little longer and a little harder while they are here. You are my miracles, my angels, and I will love you with all my heart, forever."
While Suleman, who used to go by Nadya, frequently shares glimpses of her life with 14 kids on Instagram, she rarely posts photos of them all together. Last December, she revealed that she has to split her children up into groups for various activities in order to spend time with each of them — they even eat in shifts, according to a 2018 profile published in the New York Times.
The profile found that despite the criticism Suleman faced for her large family, she actually leads a relatively normal life with her children.
"The octuplets are small for their age, but they’re polite, they cook, they’re vegan, they read two books a month and do their homework without being prompted," the Times' article, titled "The Octomom Has Proved Us All Wrong," explained. "In spite of all of the horror stories in the tabloids since birth, they’re model fourth graders. How did she do it?"